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  1. Hi guys! At the very beginning of my visa journey and the first thing I need is advice on is which visa I should look into. Here's my background... I'm a UK citizen, my girlfriend lives in California and has two children from a previous relationship so it makes more sense for me to relocate rather than her. We've been together two years (long distance, meeting up in person during holidays etc.) We are unquestionably committed to being together for the long term...so that's making me think K-1? On the other hand, I am a High School Physics and Chemistry Teacher with 9 years experience and a Master's in Chemistry, which might give me the option of J-1 instead? I am also an internationally published author, my first book was briefly a bestseller in the US and my second is soon to be published there. I highly doubt this qualifies me for an O, I don't think I'm anywhere near that level of "alien with extraordinary talent" but thought I would ask in case anyone knew. So...where should I begin? What kind of Visa is my most sensible option to start investigating? Thanks a bunch. I'm looking forward to getting to know this community.
  2. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  3. Hello, I hope you all are doing great in this nerve-wrecking visa process. What an adventure it is... I am seeking some advice, since I am really confused and struggling with an issue with my application: my O1-B visa application was recently approved by the USCIS, but now I am scheduling the corresponding interview at the consulate and I am struggling with the question "Have you ever been unlawfully present, overstayed the amount of time granted by an immigration official or otherwise violated the terms of a U.S. visa?" This is my information: I applied for an O1-b visa from the United States while on OPT (and D/S on my i-94), but the application was denied on March 23. The denial said that I (or better said, my petitioner) had 33 days to fill an appeal, or, otherwise, the decision would be definitive. My petitioner and I seriously considered the appeal, but finally discard that option. Thus, I left the United States on April 24, which means 32 days after the denial, and one day before the period to fill the appeal expired. I thought that during those 32 days I was not accruing unlawful presence, but apparently I was wrong and yes, accruing it. I moved to my country and re-applied again from there (France, where I currently am) and my petition was approved on December 1. I am filling the DS-160, where I have to answer the question above mentioned about overstaying. So, even if my overstay came from the explained circumstances of evaluating the possibility of filling an appeal (and thus I think I had good reasons for my overstay), I am answering "yes". My questions come now: there is a section stating that I can explain my answer; what should I write there? Or simply said, is my argument, even real, convincing enough so that I pass the interview? Should I come up with a different angle to answer that? And also, do you think that my overstay of 32 days is going to ruin my chances of being approved by the consular officer? Thanks for taking the time to read and answer my question, I much appreciate it. Best
  4. Hey everyone All in all i didn't get much help in my O visa journey from this site as most here are pursuing other types and thats ok. I had my interview and approval yesterday after a long non premium processed, RFE'd application From start to finish from filing it took about 7 months and I'm ecstatic and VERY exhausted That said. I will keep my account active and if any future "O-chasers" stumble upon this site like i did and have a questions feel free to send me a message To the rest of you on your journeys... Good luck!
  5. Hey there! This is my first post on the forum and I am pumped to see so many of you working on getting your visas. It is inspiring to see others in similar situation. I would really appreciate if you can share stories / examples (links) to people who managed to get the O1 or even better EB1 visas. I currently hold the B1 / B2 visa that expires in 2 years and allows me to stay up to 6 months, also I am Polish nationality. From my research so far (2 days on the phone with embassy staff, gov websites, Q&A in Facebook groups, searching YouTube) I see 3 out of these categories should be met: art displayed in professional galleries, playing a critical role in a successful organization, membership in distinguished organizations, peer-reviewed articles, citations to published work, commercial successes in the performing arts, reference letters from experts in the field, judging the work of others individually or on a panel and some others. What I would love your help with is - specific examples of people who got O1 / EB1 visas meeting above requirements. I found so far 28 year old Russian girl Marina, CEO of LinguaTrip from linguamarina YouTube channel. She explained examples of documents provided in a YouTube video - if someone else is interested in this topic. I am currently 22 and building a business in film / video industry. My intention is for it to also help me with this green card goal. I realize this may take years but I want to reverse engineer the model to intentionally check as many requirements as possible. Thanks so much for feedback! Best wishes to all of you trying to get approved yourself, Anna
  6. Hello, I applied my O1b petition early June of 2018. Since I do not have a long history of records as an artist, my lawyer suggested I file the petition with regular processing. She says the premium processing will more likely to issue me an RFE. It has been over 5 weeks but I was told by my lawyer that her clients generally receive approvals within 3 weeks even with regular processing. Should I be concerned? I only have a receipt and no RFE yet. My itinerary was supposed to start this July. I also am doing a change of status from OPT, not consular processing. Maybe they are doing a background check? I have been in the US for a long time. Thank you.
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